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My Craftsman rider mowers "mower blade drive belt" is extremely loose. I have replaced the belt. There are no obstructions in the clutch mechanism. Pulleys look fine. Mandrels all look fine.

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Belt tensioner check for pressure

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SOURCE: Craftsman riding mower loose belts need tighting

http://www.disruptit.com/manuals/L0403195.pdf

Here ya go.

Posted on Apr 06, 2009

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SOURCE: craftsman 42 inch deck won't run

Check proper belt routing. These models are a little tricky. Also check tensioner spring.

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SOURCE: Craftsman riding mower won't move.

yes it is a bad belt unless it is a hydro-stat(no clutch) you need to look under the mower and see if the belt is on correctly

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Hi, Just replaced the drive belt on a Husqvarna

Hello,
My name is Dane and I am going to help you solve your problem.
I looked up your mower and I believe you should be using drive belt# 5321701-40. That is a 112" belt. Here is a link to the parts manual and a drawing of the belt routing. As long as that is the belt you have, and replaced it correctly it should be fine. You are correct, when you put the mower in gear, the pulley system will put more tension on it.

http://weborder.husqvarna.com/order_static/doc/HIPL/HIPL2003/HIPL2003_1063048-61.pdf

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SOURCE: 42" craftsman mower deck belt 144200 to tight on the deck

Manual lists the incorrect number for this model! i learned through many difficulties. Correct belt is a # 144959, 1/2 " by 95"

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there should be a drive belt tensioner somewhere on the belt, it usually works off the clutch/brake, when you push on the brake it apply's the brake and also takes the tension off the belt to stop it from moving.
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The transmission drive belt is a separate one from the blade belt. The clutch pedal when released puts tension on the transmission drive belt so it tightens up and drives the gearbox pulley by way of a large spring. Make sure the spring is ok. The belts don't last forever and probably needs replacing looking at the age of the machine. That is a fun job as it is right up under the machine and runs from the engine pulley right back to the top of the transmission. You have to drop the deck right off and I usually find a tree with a large branch and haul the front up with a rope or winch so the mower is vertical. Makes it easier to work on. Drain petrol first though. Hope this helps otherwise get a mower shop to do it for you if you feel it's to much of a task. Good luck.

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The fact is that belts don't stretch. They wear down on the sides, causing them to ride deeper in the pulleys and they APPEAR to be longer. Check belt "width" to see if it is less than one half inch. Most craftsman riders use half-inch (AKA: "A section") belts.

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If the mower drive belt is extremely loose the spring that holds it tight may have broken,check to see if it is broken before you replace the belt

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